This is how investors recognize successful startups early on: Good Team, Market Opportunity, Product.
Many people will tell you that to do a startup you need to be a developer or get capital right away. Tune out these people. Those things are just noise, that prevents others from focusing what will make your startup survive. There is 3 key components, that we know investors use. And we recently heard Jeff Clavie and Mark Andreesen said again. The way the tell us successful startup early on is by looking whether the startup has those 3 things: Good Team, Market Opportunity, Product.
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